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ISIS officially claims Brussels attacks

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CARING FOR THE WOUNDED. Emergency services take care of wounded people outside the Maalbeek metro station in Brussels on March 22, 2016 after a blast at this station located near the EU institutions. Photo by Marija Ivoninaite/AFP
The statement vows “dark days ahead” for states fighting the jihadists

BEIRUT, Lebanon (Mar. 23, 2016) — The Islamic State (ISIS) group on Tuesday, March 22, officially claimed responsibility for the attacks in Brussels that left some 35 people dead and threatened further violence.

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Obama condemns ‘outrageous’ Brussels attacks

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OBAMA ON BRUSSELS. US President Barack Obama addresses the people of Cuba at the El Gran Teatro de Havana, in Havana, Cuba, 22 March 2016. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA
Obama: ‘We must be together regardless of nationality or race or faith in fighting against the scourge of terrorism’

HAVANA, Cuba (Mar. 23, 2016) — President Barack Obama condemned the “outrageous” attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, March 22, that killed about 35 people, saying the United States would do everything in its power to hunt down those responsible.

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Pope slams ‘blind violence’ in Brussels, prays for victims

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POPE FRANCIS ON BRUSSELS. Pope Francis is silhouetted during a private audience of Pope Francis and Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa at the Vatican, March 21, 2016. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/EPA
Francis expresses his ‘deepest sympathy to the injured and their families, and all those who contribute to relief’

VATICAN CITY (Mar. 23, 2016) — Pope Francis on Tuesday, March 22, slammed the ‘blind violence’ of a series of coordinated explosions in Brussels that killed at least 26 people, offering his prayers for the victims.

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Europe freezes air, rail links with Brussels

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GERMANY POLICE PATROLS. Armed members of the German police patrol the area at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, 22 March 2016. Photo by David Young/EPA
Belgium locks down the capital, home to the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, and imposes its highest level of security alert after the explosions

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 23, 2016) — Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights and European railways froze links with Brussels on Tuesday, March 22, after a series of bomb blasts killed around 35 Continue reading Europe freezes air, rail links with Brussels

EU Leaders Meet on Migrants as Thousands Wait in Greece

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A woman reacts after losing sight of her child near the gate at the Greek-Macedonian border on Sunday. DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP – Getty Images
European leaders were gathering early Monday to discuss the still-spiraling migrant crisis as thousands camped out in Greece desperate to cross a blocked border

March 7, 2016 —European leaders were gathering early Monday to discuss the still-spiraling migrant crisis as thousands camped out in Greece desperate to cross a blocked border.

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EU chief sees first consensus on migrant crisis

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CONSENSUS? Migrants and refugees from Pakistan who arrived at the Greek island of Lesvos, wait at the port of Mytilini, Lesvos island, March 2, 2016. File photo by Panagiotis Balaskas/EPA
New official figures show that a record 1.2 million asylum seekers arrived in the EU in 2015 – more than double the figure from the year before

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 5, 2016) — EU president Donald Tusk struck an unusually upbeat note on the migrant crisis Friday, March 4 as Turkey raised the possibility of taking back non-Syrian asylum seekers.

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EU ‘gives Greece 3 months’ to strengthen border against migrants

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‘STRENGTHEN BORDER.’ Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry at the port of Piraeus coming from the island of Lesvos, Greece, February 10, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA
The decision is the culmination of weeks of pressure on Greece, the main gateway for the million refugees and migrants who entered Europe last year

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Feb. 13, 2016) — EU member states on Friday, February 12 gave Greece a 3-month ultimatum to remedy “deficiencies” in controlling the influx of migrants or effectively face suspension from the Schengen passport-free zone.

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Anti-ISIS coalition pledges stepped-up fight against jihadists

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INTENSIFY CAMPAIGN. A general view of a US led meeting of Coalition Efforts Against Islamic State (IS) during the Nato Defense Ministers council at alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 11, 2016. Photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA
NATO is ‘exploring the possibility’ it would join the coalition, says Pentagon chief Ashton Carter

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Feb. 12, 2016) — Defense ministers from the US-led coalition striking the Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) in Iraq and Syria vowed Continue reading Anti-ISIS coalition pledges stepped-up fight against jihadists